On January 31st at the UW Invitational at the Dempsey Indoor track 46 year old Tony Young of Redmond, WA ran a 4:13.25 in the mile. This was not only faster than indoor world record for age 45 and over but the fastest mile indoor or outdoor that a runner 45 or older has ever run. Unfortunately, since the UW indoor track is an oversized track Tony’s time will not count as the official world record. The official indoor mile record is 4:21.90 by Albin Swenson. The previous fastest indoor or outdoor mile was a 4:16.09, which Tony ran outdoors last year down in Gresham, OR. If you would like to see a video of Tony’s indoor world record, it is at Flotrack.com. Also, you can see a post race interview with Tony at Runnerspace.com.
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I am currently working on putting together a list of outdoor track meets in Northwest that will be available to open and masters runners to compete in this spring and summer. Hopefully I will have that up soon. But I do want to let everyone know that one of the best masters track meets around (don’t forget that you only have to be 30 to compete in masters track meets), the Hayward Classic in Eugene, OR has been cancelled for 2009.
According to an e-mail I received from Ruth BreMiller of the Oregon Track Club, they were unable to secure the use of Hayward Field and the other options that were available were not adequate to put on a high quality meet. However, Ruth did go on to tell me that they already have a firm commitment to use Hayward Field in late June 2010. So the Hayward Classic will be back next year.